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of thousands of protesters in tahrir square right now standing in opposition to president mohamed morsi and the constitution that was approved earlier today. nbc's richard engel is going to join us live in a moment. >>> possible big news coming from the supreme court today on marriage equality in america. the nine justices are meeting right now. >>> and today's big question. fiscal cliff hardball. should the president be on the road or back in washington hammering out a fiscal cliff compromise? tweet me @thomasaroberts or on facebook. i love the holidays. and with my bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i love 'em even more. i earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% back on... [ toy robot sounds ] 2% on pumpkin pie. and apple. 3% back on 4 trips to the airport. it's as easy as... -[ man ] 1... -[ woman ] 2... [ woman ] 3. [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips
of demonstrators at the palace and president morsi reportedly slipped out a back door. we have more from jim maceda in cairo. >> reporter: tamron, this is what many here feared would happen. street battles breaking out between the morsi supporters and demonstrators. last night, it was opposition that seemed to score big, bringing out tens of thousands in to the streets and then of course marching on the presidential palace where eventually morsi andรง his riot police were seen actually beating a tactical retreat leaving the palace grounds in the hands of baffled anti-morsi protesters. some of whom then erected tents as they have done in tahrir square. today it was the muslim brotherhood's turn calling a count count counterdemonstration and it wasn't long before they overwhelmed the 100 or so others demonstrating there. some tweeting from the palace areas said that the brotherhood chased off the protesters with clubs and stones leaving several bleeding in the streets and broken glass in their wake, as well. but tamron, even as this was unfolding yards away, it appears that the morsi government blin
vehicles after protesters ignored a presidential order to vacate the area. president morsi is scheduled to address the nation later today. nbc's jim maceda is live in cairo. jim, what is the latest on what i know is a fast-moving story? >> reporter: hi there, chris. president morsi, as you say, was to broadcast a recorded statement on tv about 2 1/2 hours ago. that has not yet happened. he's expected to talk about and explain his moves over the past two weeks, starting with that controversial decree of november 22nd. recall that's the one that gave him the monopoly on power. he's expected, according to the experts here to offer the opposition a way out of the mess, which was floated yesterday by morsi's vice president. it's a compromise where both sides would work on amending those contentious, about 15 contentious articles of draft constitution, bud but they'd both agree on the specific december 15th day for the referendum. right out in both sides are very, very far apart. meanwhile, tense here but a lot calmer, chris, around the presidential palace tonight than it was yesterday at thi
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